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My Favourite Skin Care Product.

Face Oils

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I honestly don’t know what I was doing all those years before I used face oils. Even when I did start using face oils, I would dab them around my mouth and eyes, like a targeted treatment product. Oh, yes, times have changed.

Face oils are my favourite skin care product. Could I live without them? If I was going to prison, maybe. But do I want to? No. And these are the three staples in my skin care routine. I use oil on my face at night, after serum and before eye cream. I only use a night cream if I really feel I need to.

Trilogy Rose Hip Oil. This is a can’t-live-without-it product for me. I love it. I love it so much. Yes, you need to use rose hip oil just about every day for a long period of time before you start seeing results – in six weeks I noticed that my scars were fading, and after six months of every second night use, my skin tone is very even and my skin feels great. If I take a week off from using this oil, I can really tell the difference. I have tried a whole lot of different brands, and in my opinion, not all rose hip oils are created equally. The Trilogy branded rose hip oil is certified organic, has a lovely thick and heavy texture, and has no added fragrance or rubbish I have found in other brands (even though it’s not listed on the ingredients- how do they get away with that!?!?!).

I hold the drops of oil (usually four to cover my face, neck and décolletage) in the palm of my hand for about 30 seconds before applying it; I find this really warms the oil up and makes it easier to apply evenly (for the record I do this with all of my oils). This is just the best product to make your skin hydrated, even out skin tone, work on dark spots or scars, and keep the wrinkles at bay.

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate: This is such a little treasure. Although it is far more expensive than the rose hip oil, this little beauty smells divine and really works on brightening your skin. I use this about twice a week, or I mix a drop or two in with my rose hip oil. It’s a dry oil- it sinks into the skin very quickly and I always have to use a moisturizer afterwards. I like the way it feels on my skin, and adore the brightening effect on my face. Love this product (and so does my husband).

Clarins Blue Orchid Oil. This is the kind of product that deserves a very slow O.M. G. The smell of this oil puts me in mind of a day spa, the cool and expert hands of a beauty therapist and soothing music *swoon*. The aromatherapudic (is that a word?) element of this oil alone makes it worth the price. As you can see in the photo above, I have nearly run out of this. Yes this oil is incredibly effective on dry and dehydrated skin. Yes, it plumps up your skin and makes you feel amazing, espcecially the next day. But what really makes me love the Clarins Blue Orchid Oil is that I know if I have had a stressful day, or if I am feeling a little worked up before bed time, applying this oil will make me feel relaxed, at ease and ready for a good nights sleep. What a gem.

What are your favourite face oils?

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MAC Paint Pots – A Love Story.

Mac Paint Pots

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I am relatively new to cream eyeshadow. In my younger years I used to get the eye shadow crayons from Sportsgirl and smear them happily over my lid, only to feel mortified later on when I checked out my appearance to find the eyeshadow had crept into one thick line on my lip. Yuck.

Then, when I got addicted to reading beauty blogs, I found a few people raving about MAC Paint Pot in Painterly in their older posts. I dreamily wandered to the MAC counter in Myer in Sydney and tried it out. I didn’t think the colour worked for my skin and I try to stay away from pink tones near my eyes- I just don’t think the look works for me. But I couldn’t walk away without Vintage Selection, a Paint Pot in very neutral beige tone with the perfect amount of gorgeous shimmer through it. And let me tell you, it was love. I decided to try it for a day before coming back for other colours I had my eye on.

The first day I wore Vintage Selection, I found zero creasing. ZERO! I didn’t wear a primer on my eyelids (I don’t usually anyway, as I find it dries my eyelids out too much and makes them look crepey) and at the end of the day the eyeshadow was still perfectly applied across my entire lid. I practically ran back to Myer the next day and picked up Camel Coat, a matte beige colour and Frozen Violet, a shimmer pale lilac colour.

I am still as overjoyed with these as I was the day I bought them. I wear Camel Coat and Vintage Selection all the time. I get so many compliments of Vintage Selection – every time I wear it someone asks what I have on my eyes. Camel Coat is the perfect every day colour and works really well as a neutral base for putting powder eyeshadows over. I love Frozen Violet and wear it on my rare evenings out.

I was kind of shocked when I hunted online for others who loved the Paint Pots with the incredible fervor I felt… and found basically nothing. Sure a few people still rave about Painterly, but I genuinely can’t wait to grab a couple more next time I am near a MAC counter. I LOVE these, and if I had to pick one eyeshadow formulation to wear for the rest of my life, it would definitely be the Paint Pot.

I guess some people might not like the fact that it comes in a little pot- well let me tell you why I like that! I find that I have greater control over how much goes on my eye when it’s in a pot ; I can apply with a brush or with my finger, and if I have too much product, I can reduce it on the back of my hand. And I can warm the product up by swirling my finger in the pt a few times, which helps with the application process. But really, applying is a dream anyway. So easy to get the perfect eye with these Paint Pots.

Anyway I think I have sung the praises of MAC Paint Pots Enough (I haven’t. I could go on for hours, as I have to my friends and sister, urging them to try these little pots of magic. See! Here I go again).
Have you tried them? Have you got a favourite colour?

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